I love the title of this book!
Their Name is Today is an awesome reminder that our kids won’t stop growing to wait for us to get our act together or get through this project or that crisis. They need our love and our focus right here and right now.
In his book Their Name is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World, author Johann Christoph Arnold reminds us that “as long as we have children entrusted to our care, we cannot forget that the demands they make on us must be answered in the present. Their name is today. Whatever children need in the way of guidance, security and love, they need now. Because soon enough it will be time for them to fly on their own, and then there will be no holding them back.”
More inspirational than utilitarian, Arnold presents a gentle, down-to-earth, common sense approach to parenting, and although readers won’t find a how-to for specific problems they may be facing, every parent will appreciate his motivation and insight.
Arnold did an awesome job of weaving in powerful quotes and anecdotes, and I found myself saying “Amen” in every chapter. He also challenged me to be more reverent of childhood, to spend more time in nature with my kids, to be more deliberate about loving my children and to create more “white space” in their lives — quiet, spacious times away from screens, entertainment and even homework.
He also reminded me to exercise patience and set boundaries, while still encouraging individuality and freedom.
I loved his words on preparing kids for life and creating opportunities for hard work and even failure. “Children need a chance to learn that failure often teaches us more than success,” writes Arnold. “How else will they learn that the greatest triumph is the one that follows a defeat?” My daughter has been singing with an opera company for more than five years, and I can tell you that she grew far more from the roles she didn’t get than in the ones she did get.
Jody and I are also big fans of instilling academic excellence in our kids. Her oldest is an attorney in New England, and my older daughter is starting college as a high school sophomore. I believe in building a strong work ethic and stamina through academics, but I’ve always told my children that their first duty is to our family and our home. “What is the purpose of the best academic education if it fails to prepare children for life?” Arnold writes.
Every parent needs wind in their sails from time to time — something to inspire us forward — and this book does just that. It’s a quick read, but worthwhile one.
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